Hiker Rescued After Experiencing Heat Exhaustion

Posted at 8:48 AM, Jun 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-19 08:48:40-04

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A hiker in Wolfe County needed help Monday after falling ill from heat exhaustion.

Around 7:30 p.m. Wolf County Search and Rescue received a 911 call about a hiker whose friend was suffering from heat exhaustion. The group had started hiking around 1 p.m. from Wildcat Trail heading towards Rock Bridge.

According to the WCSART Facebook page, the group of hikers was experienced and quickly realized their friend was in trouble. The stricken hiker was only able to walk 25 to 50 yards at at time without becoming light headed and unable to continue.

Without cellphone service, the group sent one member ahead who luckily ran into another group who had cellular service at the junction of Rock Bridge Trail and Swift Camp Creek.

WCSART dispatched a team that included two Wilderness First responders, and Powell County Search and Rescue in the event a carry out was required.

The team made contact with the group, and provided the hiker with a large bottle of Gatorade and cooled him down by soaking him and his clothing with water.

By this time, the air temperature was going down and after a short period of recovery and several rest stops along the way out, the hiker was able to make it out under his own power.